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Guardsmen honored for saving man's life

The Hillsboro Fire Department presented awards to three members of the Oregon National Guard for saving a man’s life in Hillsboro Dec. 18. The awards were presented during the Hillsboro City Council meeting Tuesday.

Awards went to Spc. Michael Cutone, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Carver and 1st Sgt. Jeremy McLoud.

The three men helped save the life of Paul Perone, who collapsed in the parking lot outside the Hillsboro Armory where he works as the facilities manager.

Alerted by a co-worker, Cutone assessed the man’s condition and administered CPR until Carver and McLoud arrived to assist. The soldiers continued CPR until a Metro West Ambulance unit arrived, followed by Hillsboro firefighters.

McLoud, who is also a volunteer firefighter, continued to assist emergency medical service responders when Perone was defibrillated twice before being transported to a hospital for additional treatment.

Perone was released from the hospital Dec. 29.

“All the elements of success were lined up on this call,” said Hillsboro Fire Chief Greg Nelson. “An early notification to 911, quick application of CPR and deployment of an AED (automated external defibrillator), combined with definitive cardiac care at a hospital.”

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